"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This book explores the structure and use of academic and professional discourse through the lens of corpus linguistics. The goal of this book is to show how insights from corpus linguistic analyses can help us better understand how we use academic and professional language and help us find ways to better train newcomers to the genres used in various professional contexts. The contributions to this book show that specialized corpora of specific genres from a variety of fields allow us to make more relevant observations about the function and use of language for particular purposes. The specialized corpora examined include written and spoken academic genres, written and spoken business and legal genres, and written philanthropic genres. The book showcases a variety of approaches to analyzing the discourse of specialized corpora, and each chapter concludes with a reflection on the practical and pedagogical implications of the analysis.
Table of contents
Introduction Ulla Connor and Thomas A. Upton 1–8
The argument for using English specialized corpora to understand academic and professional language Lynne Flowerdew 11-33
Stylistic features of academic speech: The role of formulaic expressions Rita Simpson 37-64
Academic language: An exploration of university classroom and textbook language Randi Reppen 65-86
A convincing argument: Corpus analysis and academic persuasion Ken Hyland 87-112 // so what have YOU been WORking on REcently //: Compiling a specialized corpus of spoken business English Martin Warren 115-140
TOOK // did you // from the miniBAR //: What is the practical relevance of a corpus-driven language study to practitioners in Hong Kong's hotel industry? Winnie Cheng 141-166 "Invisible to us": A preliminary corpus-based study of spoken business English Michael McCarthy and Michael Handford 167-201
Legal discourse: Opportunities and threats for corpus linguistics Vijay K. Bhatia 203-231
The genre of grant proposals: A corpus linguistic analysis Ulla Connor and Thomas A. Upton 235-255
Rhetorical appeals in fundraising direct mail letters Ulla Connor and Kostya Gladkov 257-286
Framing matters: Communicating relationships through metaphor in fundraising texts Elizabeth M. Goering 287-306
Pronouns and metadiscourse as interpersonal rhetorical devices in fundraising letters: A corpus linguistic analysis Avon Crismore 307-330